July 8th, 2014
As much as we love discovering up-and-coming designers and scouting the runways for the latest fur trends … there’s just something about vintage fur fashion that will forever grab our attention.
Maybe it’s all the photos of old Hollywood – style icons like Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren wearing over-the-top glamorous furs. Or maybe we’re merely intrigued with putting our own spin on vintage fur fashions!?!
We thought it would be fun to show some of the most iconic moments in fur fashion history next to equally as chic options available for your personal fur wardrobe today.
Classic Black and White: When paired together, these opposites still create a timeless look. Marilyn Monroe – in a black stole trimmed with white fox fur – really rocks the look! Monroe has always been the epitome of Hollywood’s glamorous yesteryear, and she loved her furs. To modernize the black and white look, we make it slightly less formal and opt for versatile use styling. This natural pearl mink jacket (with a zip-off walking coat hem), paired with black skinny jeans and black leather gloves, is oh so feminine but far more functional for everyday wear. While this gorgeous chinchilla bolero with matching chinchilla trimmed hat looks gorgeous paired with an evening gown or comes off as casual chic when paired with a cashmere sweater and nice pants for a luncheon meeting. (Marilyn Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd.)
Spotted in Fur: Sophia Loren has never tried to hide her wild side, and we love her for it! (She’s also a fave after posing in 1982 for the Blackglama Mink “What Becomes a Legend Most?” ad campaign.) In this photo, Loren wears a spotted fur coat with her classic must-haves – cateye makeup and oversized sunglasses. We couldn’t resist having a little fun with this one by showing off one of our favorite home décor items. This animal print stenciled calfskin pillow would look great on a sitting chair or as a throw pillow on a big bed. While this pillow is brand new, if you’re not getting enough use out of that old fur coat in your closet, consider restyling it into a throw or pillow that you can cherish for many years to come. A favorite spotted fur today is lynx which originates from Russia, Canada or the western U.S.A. Here, we’ve trimmed a fitted sheared mink walking coat with American lynx trim. It’s the perfect style for work or weekend wear. (Loren Photo: wwd.com)